Route One: 61km with 980m ascent and two crossings of the River Fal on King Harry Ferry. This route explores the many little coves that nestle between the folds of the cliffs on the eastern coast of Cornwall, the highlight being the little hamlet of Portloe where there’s a wonderful little restaurant and coffee stop looking across the harbour.
Route Two: 46km with 590m ascent and around 10km riding off-road on gravel tracks and paths. Cornwall’s beauty is multi-faceted, and away from the obvious appeal of the coast, there is any number of quiet lanes and old farm tracks that wend their way through the rugged countryside, among for a rather peaceful escape from the busier coastal villages.
Route Three: 56km with 640m ascent, a route that could easily be extended to take in Land’s End for those interested. No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a jaunt around the southern tip, leading to ‘the end of the island’. By taking in both sides of the peninsula, you get to see not only St Michael’s Mount but enjoy the solitude the west side offers.
Bonus Lizard Peninsula Ride: 51km with 540m ascent and a minor detour down to Lizard Point. Undoubtedly one of my favourite corners of Cornwall is the Lizard Peninsula, and this ride takes you in and around all the nooks and crannies of this little outcrop, including down to Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the British Isles, and a great place to sit and watch seals on the rocks.